SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2588 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: No real surprises. The mk2 seems a tad better than mk1 and still far behind FF.

There already are APS-C and 4/3rds cameras that jump ahead of FF--depending on one's particular priority list. We know that screaming high ISO isn't one of those areas. But just like you can't beat physics, you can't cheat economics, value for dollar, practicality, carry-ability, and convenience.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2588 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Having a problem finding that "Puke color" referred to in another article. ;-)

Maybe it's a matter of how the original 7D handled white balance in real life? I don't know, but there is a big difference between my Olympus, Pentax, and Canon files in real life that doesn't seem as apparent in studio samples where colors look mostly alike.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2588 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: Am impressed ,given its considerably smaller sensor, how well the Olympus OM-D compares to the others . Jpegs have obviously been sharpened more but in RAW details are still very competitive at least to ISO 1600 .

I've been shooting 4/3rds and APS-C for a long time and in DSLR days Olympus was sourcing inferior sensors which caused a lot of folks to think of the size of 4/3rds sensors as much smaller than they are (conclusion was exaggerated because of under-performing sensors). Truth is, most of the size difference is in width as APS-C is 2:3 aspect ratio. Also, I think many people don't realize that APS-C sizes are different from each other. The area difference between 4/3rds and Sigma APS-C is less than the difference between Sigma APS-C and Pentax APS-C for example. Anyhow, Olympus learned to eek a lot of IQ out of pretty bad sensors back then and now that they are sourcing really good sensors, they are really competitive. The OM-D is as good as my K5iis IQ in practice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2588 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: No real surprises. The mk2 seems a tad better than mk1 and still far behind FF.

Question is how intentional is it that it's a tad better without poaching FF territory? Very safe. No surprises.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2588 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Having a problem finding that "Puke color" referred to in another article. ;-)

Isn't that because the "article" was referring to the original 7D? I think color would be considered an improvement in version 2.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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icexe: People criticizing this must either not know or must have forgotten that Pentax has always been known for their eccentricity. They know they cannot hope to compete on the popular market the Canon, Nikon, or even Sony, so they go after the niche markets.

In this case, they made a camera that's aimed at the demographic who wants a camera that can also be a fun, quirky fashion accessory. This is the DSLR my 14 year-old daughter would choose, without hesitation, if it was sitting on a shelf next to a line of standard black DSLRs.

If that market is out there, why not go after it?

I agree. Why not try for young photographers looking to accessorize their wardrobe with a camera. Photography is a visual art--so one color cameras really don't make much sense. Same thing with aftermarket car stereos, phones, purses, cars, paint jobs, nails, shoes, earrings, watches, jackets.... Pentax should do well with this, but they really have to get them into big box stores next to black Nikon D3200 type monotonous cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (470 comments in total)
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Terapixel: I'm just a still shooter, so that 85% is way lower when video is not taken into account, below 84%. So for just still shooters Fuji X-T1/ Samsung NX-1 is more interesting (not talking about Bokeh).

A stills only review? I'd like to see a voice quality only review of the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (470 comments in total)
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Red Colorado: "The GH4 also has one of the smartest combinations of touchscreen and viewfinder we've seen. The option exists to allow you to conintue to use the touchsceen to position the AF point while looking through the viewfinder. More importantly, you get to choose whether touching the screen makes the AF point jump to the corresponding position in the viewfinder (Exact mode) or whether it merely moves from its current position, based on the direction you swipe your finger (Offset mode)."

This is simply awesome.

Indeed. I love it when a company comes up with something so obviously brilliant first. I always think to myself--"why couldn't I have thought of that!"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 02:25 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long do you predict it will be before Canon, Nikon, and Pentax realize that mirrorless is worthy of their high end customers?

I'm not sure what you mean Joe. If the cost was so great to retool for the mirrorless they already have, why not then make something that's actually nice. Canon, Nikon, and Pentax already have very safe, not competing, entry level mirrorless options. If they retooled to do that, why not to do something that shows a little more commitment?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 02:07 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

How long do you predict it will be before Canon, Nikon, and Pentax realize that mirrorless is worthy of their high end customers?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

Canon: Now Shooting Blanks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:15 UTC as 425th comment | 1 reply

I think it's expensive, but considering the lens it will be a deal when the LX200 comes out. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 21:20 UTC as 133rd comment
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hypo: "the butch high-end compacts that we enjoy today are the grandchildren of the feature-rich ambition that dropped as seeds the day the flower heads of the APS system dried up and died"

That has to be the most wonderful, baroque statement to have appeared in DPR since Phil launched the site.

Even more wonderful because the more often I read it the better it sounds (and makes me smile) and the more I realise I don't have a clue what Damien's talking about.

Well done Damien. I look forward to following your future articles.

Keith.

Indeed! I also loved that line.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 21:19 UTC

I thought the picture was an infrared conversion, but no...

The comment about sexist patronizing....? Huh? When every other camera is made to appeal to Darth Vader?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 29th comment

Wow! The comments below are mostly scathing. And I agree with most of them. Canon is trying to milk the same formula that worked for them in 2004. Not sure how long that can last. There are still many faithful who wan't ever seen another camera besides Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 21:38 UTC as 96th comment

I think it will be a very good very "safe" camera that follows a predictable formula that has worked well for Canon. Incremental upgrades without stepping on their own toes when it comes to moving people to a more expensive model. Is it the best Canon could do? I don't think so. Is it the best they were willing to do while still pumping their higher tier cameras. Probably. Will Nikon follow suit? If they do, it will be the same formula--a very good but "safe" camera that pleases some without negating D750 sales. I suspect they won't go there though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 21:37 UTC as 113th comment
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (434 comments in total)

It seems to me to be a near perfect remake of a camera I've always fancied owning: the Panasonic LC-1. Hello beautiful. The small size of that lens on that large of a sensor in a body also offering 4K is pretty stellar and almost too good for the LX line. Might have called it an LC-2 instead. ;)

The tripod socket placement is unfortunate and to the poster who said "if you can carry a tripod, you can carry a larger camera" that's all well and good for casual photography, but this lens looks fantastic for macro, landscape, and video which all really do benefit from a tripod.

I agree that the lens extended looks not so sexy as the LC-1, but it's still a marvel to have such a small fast lens on such a large sensor.

And all those people complaining about lack of a flash. Tape a pen light to the top and it would do better than most on board flashes. I'll take an EVF over a on board flash any day. Comparing it to other cameras that have flashes but smaller slower lenses is silly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 03:40 UTC as 59th comment
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lambert4: Where are the micro four thirds mounts? Come on Sigma give us a little love for our little sensors.

I like how you think... "minor change".... shouldn't be a problem. I'll let them know. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
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lambert4: Where are the micro four thirds mounts? Come on Sigma give us a little love for our little sensors.

This lens is designed for DSLRs with a longer register distance than mirrorless. It's designed for PDAF--also a DSLR thing (except for dual focus on the E-M1). They didn't even announce for Pentax which is a DSLR mount, so I'm guessing 4/3rds isn't a priority for this size of a lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 19:12 UTC

I hope Sigma makes the 150-600mm in Pentax mount someday--after all, the K5/K3 are all sealed and there is no competition in Ricoh's own line up. No news yet on this one though. Maybe if I start taking viagra they will hook me up.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 18th comment
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